Voice for the Mad: A Life of Dorothea Dix

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Dorothea Dix was a woman of striking paradoxes. A lady of dignity and refinement, she spent her days investigating the squalid world of madness, probing the nation's worst hellholes. Professing conservative feminine values, with furious energy and keen political insight, she invaded the masculine realm of government to press her agenda. Indeed, the secret of her success was to use conventional rhetoric of female subordination and self-denial to camouflage her radical course of political action. A woman of ...
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Dorothea Dix was a woman of striking paradoxes. A lady of dignity and refinement, she spent her days investigating the squalid world of madness, probing the nation's worst hellholes. Professing conservative feminine values, with furious energy and keen political insight, she invaded the masculine realm of government to press her agenda. Indeed, the secret of her success was to use conventional rhetoric of female subordination and self-denial to camouflage her radical course of political action. A woman of profound religious conviction, Dix believed that God had called her to a divine mission: to become the voice of the mad, speaking for those unable to speak for themselves. Accordingly, she threw herself into her vocation with an all-consuming intensity. Obsessed with the insane, she all but ignored the most celebrated reform movements of her day, women's rights and antislavery. This has led most historians to underestimate her. Yet no Victorian woman matched Dix's record of concrete achievement nor lived a more intrepid life.

With vivid and sometimes horrifying detail, Gollaher describes the tireless determination of mental health crusader Dorothea Dix, as she traveled on her own throughout the country visiting jails, prisons, asylums, and almshouses in a heroic effort on behalf of the indigent insane. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With single-minded determination, Dix (1802-1887), a New England school teacher, succeeded in drawing national attention to the appalling treatment of the mentally ill. In this exhaustive study, Gollaher, president of the California Health Care Institute, describes Dix's investigations of jails and almshouses where the mentally ill were cruelly imprisoned in filthy conditions. Her detailed reports of these visits, some dramatically embellished, resulted in the founding of state asylums. She also campaigned unsuccessfully to have federal land set aside for national facilities. With the onset of the Civil War, Dix was appointed Superintendent of Women Nurses for the Union. Although she did not want the country to break apart, Dix's compassion for the mentally ill, according to this portrait, apparently did not extend to everyone: she didn't believe slavery was wrong, and she held a deep prejudice against Roman Catholics. According to Gollaher, Dix identified with the helplessness of the mentally ill because of an abusive childhood, and her commitment resulted in important reforms. Photos. (June)
Library Journal
Dix (1802-87) has long merited a full-scale biography. Advocating a public responsibility for the care of the mentally ill, she founded a large number of asylums and lobbied for mental health reforms. During the Civil War, she organized Union nurses, although she never gained the credit awarded Clara Barton and Mary Bickerdyke. Her career offers an instructive counterpoint to those of women abolitionists and advocates of women's rights; while she was active in politics, she never questioned traditional gender-defined roles in American society. Gollaher, president of the California Health Care Institute, weaves his knowledge of mental health care throughout the text, although here and there it is difficult to distinguish between historical analysis and policy advocacy. Nevertheless, readers will find his rediscovery of Dix a blend of compelling reading and evenhanded assessments, though the appeal of this book to lay readers is limited.Brooks D. Simpson, Arizona State Univ., Tempe
William Beatty
Gollaher provides the thorough and detailed, balanced and readable scholarly biography that serious study of Dorothea Dix (180287) has long needed. Dix had an unpleasant early life but was strong enough to be able to use her early experiences productively throughout two careers and, above all, to build a remarkable character. Fortunately, her wealthy grandmother took 13-year-old Dorothea under her wing and later, thanks to her will, provided Dorothea with an ample income. Subsequently, Dix's life could be, and was, "virtuously sacrificed for the benefit of others." Her exploratory surveys of the indigent insane, undertaken when she was in her 30s, gradually expanded geographically and philosophically into her first career, during which she was instrumental in the passage of many state laws, in the building of asylums, and in increasing understanding among politicians and voters. Her second career saw her take charge of female nurses for the Union during the Civil War. Gollaher clearly depicts Dix's strengths and weaknesses and manages beautifully to describe her feelings, relationships, and developing skills.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780029123997
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.55 (d)

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